I love these intellectual semi-apocalyptic plots. These twists of our reality so close yet still distant intrigue me to no end. Orwell gets to some scI love these intellectual semi-apocalyptic plots. These twists of our reality so close yet still distant intrigue me to no end. Orwell gets to some scary political and social realities with this book, and it's amazing to read. ...more
I loved this book when I read it for the first time in 6th grade, and loved it again, with a different experience when I read it years later. It's a bI loved this book when I read it for the first time in 6th grade, and loved it again, with a different experience when I read it years later. It's a book that changes as you grow, but never loses its power.
I read this again a few days ago, and it's still amazing! ...more
Amazing book! Margaret Atwood has such a wonderful way with words, her descriptions are beautiful or awful, and just the right thing to get the pointAmazing book! Margaret Atwood has such a wonderful way with words, her descriptions are beautiful or awful, and just the right thing to get the point across. This book is so interesting . . . books about a "reinvented" world always are . . . but the feminist viewpoint is really good. I would love to study this book closely from a gender studies perspective. ...more
An apocalyptic novel full of things entirely possible and in the frighteningly near future. Global warming, disease immunities, genetic engineering, bAn apocalyptic novel full of things entirely possible and in the frighteningly near future. Global warming, disease immunities, genetic engineering, body modification "surgery" -- just some of the social and scientific issues tackled and taken to the realistic extreme. ...more
A great YA book, even adults could appreciate it, I think, about a mixture of X-men, Lord of the Flies, and Heroes the tv show. What do you think woulA great YA book, even adults could appreciate it, I think, about a mixture of X-men, Lord of the Flies, and Heroes the tv show. What do you think would happen if one day everyone over 14 disappeared? Would 13 year olds be the new adults? Would they even act like kids anymore -- would anyone? Why did they all disappear? Will they disappear on their 14 b-day? Will the bullies manage to rule the new society they find themselves in? Will they go too far? And throw in kids with "powers" that have sort of appeared and then you have a struggle of how to use power and if "power tends to corrupt, [does:] absolute power corrupt absolutely"? And is there anything beyond their town? Are they in a new universe or just blocked off from everyone else on earth by a weird magical wall? And who is the Darkness who "lives" in a deep mine shaft and speaks through coyotes? All in all, pretty awesome. Well thought out, good plot, good character development and good writing. Some YA novels fail at all of these, so very impressive. ...more
If I could give half stars or quarter stars, I'd give this 3.5-3.75 stars. It was good; kept me reading through all 1100+ pages, etc. I didn't like hoIf I could give half stars or quarter stars, I'd give this 3.5-3.75 stars. It was good; kept me reading through all 1100+ pages, etc. I didn't like how some of the characters just got left out of being developed more (like, main characters), and how the God thing became so huge. I would've rather seen more just fallout, rebuilding of society, etc. without good/evil "spiritual" forces, or whatever they were, being the cause, but that's just me. Not a big God-theme fan. And Stephen King gets really unnecessarily graphic/violent/gross when it comes to acts of degradation in general, always my beef with him. I remember listening to a book of his on tape on a drive w/ the fam to New Jersey, and all of the sudden, clothes were being removed, sex was occurring in very graphic ways, needless descriptions were being added, to the MAJOR discomfort of the car (parents, brother, and myself). Anyway, just gratuitous "see what I can do and still be published" blah-biddy-blah, if you ask me.
BUT I liked the superflu thing, Stu Redman, Nick Andros, Tom Cullen, Fran whatever. Trashcan Man was interesting when it was from his perspective.
If you like this kind of book minus the God-stuff, I'd suggest Jim Crace's "The Pesthouse". ...more
As my rating indicates, this book was "okay" but not great. It was a quick read, too full of military/naval-speak for my interests. I'm a fan of the dAs my rating indicates, this book was "okay" but not great. It was a quick read, too full of military/naval-speak for my interests. I'm a fan of the dystopian novel because of the many frighteningly real things that connect to many of the story lines, but this book wasn't really any intellectual feat, in my opinion. The most interesting part was in the last couple chapters when the radiation actually began coming to the people we were reading about. This part was sobering and shocking, even though you know what's coming the whole time. But the rest I could've done without. Oh well, onto the next book!...more
Quite a good book! So many social issues addressed, like what it means to be different, importance of individuality, how government and society's liesQuite a good book! So many social issues addressed, like what it means to be different, importance of individuality, how government and society's lies can influence everyone's opinions about something, etc.
The story follows a boy named Matt who is the clone of the drug lord of "The" Opium farm which makes the borderland between the United States and Aztlan (formerly Mexico). Are clones people? No one seems to think so -- in fact they are treated like animals, experimented on, and their brains are destroyed at birth so that they behave like vacant zombies and serve as "living" containers for organ transplants. Once the truth is out, Matt escapes Opium country and makes it to Aztlan only to be faced with more hardships and a world that is coping with dried up oceans, reduction of natural resources, crime control, etc. How will Matt fair?
A really concentrated look at a world after nuclear bombs have gone off and everyone's died of radiation poisoning, except 1 girl living in some 'off-A really concentrated look at a world after nuclear bombs have gone off and everyone's died of radiation poisoning, except 1 girl living in some 'off-the-grid' valley where the land isn't entirely dead. This is a really intense book, especially because a man appears who turns out to be not so great, and really just makes this little area feel like a cage, with literally nowhere to go. Plus, the concept of nuclear fallout from nuclear bombing in war is a very real, very scary thing. The absolute deadness of everything radiation touches is so final and horrifying. Yeesh. Cannot believe this would be a young kids read, unless you are one intense m*f*ing little kid. (If you do like this concept, however, read Nevil Shute's On the Beach )...more
I'm currently re-reading the Abhorsen trilogy, and this is by far my favorite book. I LOVE the Clayr's library and the idea that a librarian's job canI'm currently re-reading the Abhorsen trilogy, and this is by far my favorite book. I LOVE the Clayr's library and the idea that a librarian's job can be dangerous, treacherous, adventurous, and requires "Charter magic" and contains tombs of books and floors unknown to some librarians as they've been unused and hidden for such a while ... I'm currently getting my Masters in Library Science, and if only I could be a librarian in the Clayr's library, I think my life would be complete! Some collections of books are so dangerous that they are chained to the shelves, deep in the library, on unexplored floors; as you advance in position, you are given more access to rooms and a new color of tunic; just to work in the library, you get a whistle and a charter-spelled mouse that you can send for help if you are in trouble while shelving! There are Charter Sendings who YEARN to shelve! Ah! I just love it! If I could paint a picture of the amazingness, I would so do it, but I think the words defy depiction in any other form but the imagination ... And this is only a part of this book! I kind of wish the whole book were about the Clayr's library, or that there was another book about it and the Clayr. But I also love the creepiness of the Abhorsen's bandolier of bells that can be "tricky" and dangerous to user and the Dead. Again, the imagery of "walking in Death" and the iciness of the river, and it's need to pull you deeper past all 9 gates into a sort of permanent death, and the idea that dead creatures and people alike may be waiting at certain gates for a chance to get back into life to wreak havoc ... so creepy and cool, seriously. This is from "Sabriel" but goes for all of the Abhorsen books, and I find it creepy and compelling, a description of all the bells of a necromancer:
"'Ranna,' she said aloud, touching the first and smallest bell. Ranna the sleepbringer, the sweet, low sound that brought silence in its wake. 'Mosrael.' The second bell, a harsh, rowdy bell. Mosrael was the waker, the bell Sabriel should never use, the bell whose sound was a seesaw, throwing the ringer further into Death, as it brought the listener into Life. 'Kibeth.' Kibeth, the walker. A bell of several sounds, a difficult and contrary bell. It could give freedom of movement to one of the Dead, or walk them through the next gate. Many a necromancer had stumbled with Kibeth and walked where they would not. 'Dyrim.' A musical bell, of clear and pretty tone. Dyrim was the voice that the Dead so often lost. But Dyrim could also still a tongue that moved too freely. 'Belgaer.' Another tricksome bell, that sought to ring of its own accord. Belgaer was the thinking bell, the bell most necromancers scorned to use. It could restore independent thought, memory and all the patterns of a living person. Or, slipping in a careless hand, erase them. 'Saraneth.' The deepest, lowest bell. The sound of strength. Saraneth was the binder, the bell that shackled the Dead to the wielder's will. And last, the largest bell, the one Sabriel's cold fingers found colder still, even in the leather case that kept it silent. 'Astarael, the Sorrowful,' whispered Sabriel. Astarael was the banisher, the final bell. Properly rung, it cast everyone who heard it far into Death. Everyone, including the ringer."...more
While not my favorite novel to date, this book is a very fascinating take on the dystopian novel. The setting is America, in what seems like pre-indusWhile not my favorite novel to date, this book is a very fascinating take on the dystopian novel. The setting is America, in what seems like pre-industrial era, but it is actually in the future when we've run out of natural resources and everything comes to a stand-still. Machines stop, nothing modern works any longer, and we are reverted back to horse and carriage, water wells and mills, etc. The midwestern states seem to be hit the hardest and have no news of what is happening on the east coast except travelers passing through say that boats are taking people to Europe where jobs, technology, and food abound. The story follows two characters trying to make it to the ships to Europe, who encounter highway bandits, a coastal road made entirely of garbage, an ark filled with a crazy religious cult which shuns anything metal, and people captured as slaves to work digging for metal scraps now regarded as useless treasures. Definitely a worth while read. ...more